Newtown Babe Ruth Youth Softball travel tryouts for the next spring season will take place on Sunday, August 30, at Newtown Middle School’s field. Travel A and B teams are offered, and there are several openings, especially for U12 and U14 squads.
The 10th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Newtown Prevention Council Kids Run to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will be held on Saturday, September 5. The courses will depart from and return to Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. The 5K will begin at 8 am, and the race features individual awards to the top female and male runners in each of the eight age brackets. Cost to participate in the 5K is $25 for those who register in advance, and $30 the morning of the race. The Kids Fun Run is $5 per person, or $10 per family.
Mike Senf of Newtown and his University of Delaware teammates competed as part of the US National rowing team in the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, this summer. “The experience was awesome,” said Senf, who previously had competed as far away as Mexico for a friendly competition, but never in Europe, or in the world championships for that matter. Senf helped his team place eighth overall in the lightweight men’s quad, also second place in the B final, just behind Canada. The team raced a total of three times (heats, repechage, final).
Generations of golfers have teed off, 30-plus presidents have served, there have been countless memories — including holes in one and tournament championships — and significant enhancements have been made to the course. Newtown Country Club (NCC) is celebrating a century’s worth of achievements and changes this summer in its 100th anniversary year. “It is a big deal to be here 100 years,” NCC Head Golf Professional Paul Miller said at the course, which is nestled between Main Street and Elm Drive, with an address of 2 Country Club Road. From the time since original president William T. Cole — one of the founders of the country club — was in charge through the centennial year, under the leadership of current president Brian Schlier, about the only thing that has remained the same is that golfers have chipped and putted under the sun on the course.
Saint Michael’s College Head Athletic Trainer Renee Breault announced the hire of Abigail Keough, of Sandy Hook, as an athletic trainer on Monday, with her first day of employment set for Saturday. Keough, a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, becomes the fourth full-time member of the athletic training staff.
The men’s voices and laughter carried over the constant paddle smacks against a hollow plastic ball. Rushing the low net on a space smaller than a tennis court at Treadwell Park, Willy Drucker rushed to return a serve from Gavin Preis. They were playing a friendly game of pickleball. “This is a perfect mix of ping pong and tennis,” Mr Drucker said. Partnering with him was Neeraj Kuman, while Mr Preis partnered with Terrell Harris. The foursome played on the fenced court shortly past noon, Wednesday. After another serve and some back and forth until the ball flew out of bounds, Mr Preis had said, “Nice volley.” Earlier that afternoon Assistant Director of Parks Carl Samuelson had said the sport, a court for which was placed at Treadwell Park last year, is “unbelievably popular.”
Track and field teams provide an outlet for athletes with varying skills and interests. Runners (including hurdlers), jumpers (including pole vaulters), and throwers each have their niche on the squad, and some versatile competitors participate in a variety of events both on the track and in the field. Then there are those decathletes. The decathlon is such a grueling event — really a series of events — that the winner in the Olympics traditionally has earned the distinction of the world’s greatest athlete. Cole Terry, who is heading into his senior year at Newtown High School, is among the best decathletes in Connecticut, and his success comes from a combination of hard work, skill, determination, and — oh yeah — let’s not forget about dad. Bob Terry, Cole’s father, while at Masuk High in Monroe, won the state decathlon championship in 1983.
Sandy Hook’s Melissa Samoskevich has been named to the United States Women’s National U-22 Select Team, as announced by USA Hockey. The 22 members of the United States U-22 Select Team will face Canada in a three-game series in Lake Placid, New York from August 19 to 22 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.
The Bethel/Newtown Junior American Legion Admirals’ baseball team’s season was a big success. The 17U squad went 23-3 and won Zone 5 of the American Legion program. It was the first time that the Admirals won the zone championship. The Admirals earned the top seed in the first round of the state tournament. Including additional tournaments and playoffs, the team’s overall record was 28-7.
Two of the fittest teenagers in the world are from Newtown. Siblings Celia and Romy Gold had standout performances in the Reebok CrossFit Games, which brought athletes from all over the world together for three grueling days of competition, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., July 21–23. Celia, who will be a senior at Newtown High School this coming fall, placed fifth in the 16-17 year old category of the Teenage Division, and Romy, a rising sophomore, was seventh in the 14-15-year old category.